Klavan On The Culture

The New Brooklyn

My wife is reading Kay S. Hymowitz’s new book, The New Brooklyn: What it Takes to Save a City. She tells me it’s suburb. Wonderfully written, entertaining, concise. She says she only wishes it were twice as long. Personally, I’m not surprised. Kay does great work at City JournalShe’s a terrific writer and has an excellent eye for the hard realities of our common social life.

The thing about Brooklyn — not very long ago, a lot of it was unlivable slum. Today, you have to hack a path through a mob of upscale urbanites just to buy a decaf mochaccino latte there. The masters of places like Detroit and Chicago might want to read this to find out how one New York borough came back.